Welcome to Compassion Café
Our next gathering will be
May 29th | 4:00pm
In-person in our Fellowship Hall
Join us for an afternoon of storytelling, music, and food!
We'll hear from members of our community who have immigrated to the U.S. These stories may be sensitive for young ears, so we will have childcare available. We'll get to enjoy papusas and fellowship as well. This event is free, but registration is required.
NCFA Compassion Cafe
January 30, 2022
+ Prelude “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” w/ “Prelude in C Major”
+ Welcome and Lighting the Christ Candle
+ Call to Worship and Passing the Peace
Let us gather around the watering place
where streams of living water run and welcome
the foreigner, the outsider, the guest, to this place of love.
Let us welcome each other in the peace of Christ,
by unmuting ourselves and offering the words: “Peace be with you.” (and also with you!)
+ Prayer of Adoration and Prayer of Confession
Join me as we pray together:
Holy Living Water, we gather and we chatter;
we gather and we share; we gather and we drink together.
Today as we gather we are amazed
that you thirsted just as we thirst;
you needed companions, just as we need companions.
Help us not to be amazed at these simple things: water and words.
For water and words are what brought holiness to life.
Living Water. Living Word.
We are awed by Water and Word
and yet, even as we are awed,
we also find we need to seek
forgiveness and wholeness.
For we take them for granted.
Forgive us, when we are careless with our words. (Cont’d.)
Forgive us, when we squander the water.
Forgive us, when we forget
that it was though God’s unlimited love
that the Word joined us and the Water brought us life.
Forgive us for forgetting
that it is through the Water and Word
that we have everything good.
Living Word, Living Water,
we bring ourselves to you with gratitude and hope,
trusting that your mercy is wide enough to forgive our sins. Amen
+ “Yes, Lord Medley”
+ Scripture Reading
John 4:1-42 - video: Jesus Met a Samaritan Woman
+The Word Proclaimed
Breakout Room Discussion Questions
The person whose birthday is coming up soonest in the room goes first! Then they invite the next person to share, mutual invitation style:
What is bringing you joy right now? (Can be anything! A new hobby, a devotional, a podcast, a TV show, etc.!)
As a group discuss the following questions:
In John 4:34 Jesus says “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.” How do you see NCFA doing the work of God?
We’re collecting donations for Manos de Cristo, a food bank here in Austin. Is there a connection between this ministry opportunity and the Bible story?
Main Zoom Room Congregational Meeting/Update
2021 year in review
Reaffirming Elders Nikkie Shubitz and Roxann Vallejo
2021 financial update and 2022 budget presentation
Looking ahead to 2022
Find something to eat and something to drink so you can join us at the Table!
+Prayer and Praise
Let us lift our prayers unto God - Lord, hear our prayer.
+Service as Worship
Time to gather donations for Manos de Cristo! Find items from your pantry, make a trip to the store, or donate online! www.ncfaustin.org/donations - Just be sure to designate “Super Bowl of Caring” with your donation.
+Closing Song “For Everyone Born”